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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Carl "Chub" Wheeler, 99, Flies in EAA Ford Trimotor in St. Louis

Carl "Chub" Wheeler, 99, got his chance to fly in the co-pilot's seat of EAA's Ford Trimotor today on the first day of flights in St. Louis.   Wheeler learned to fly at Curtiss-Steinberg Airport, at the current site of St. Louis Downtown Airport where today's flight took place, and later became airport manager there.  The Trimotor is one of the few aircraft that Mr. Wheeler had not flown in the cockpit, so today's flight was extra special.  The opportunity was made possible by EAA Chapter 64 and the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, both located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at the airport.  The Trimotor will be in St. Louis through September 25.  Aero Experience contributor Mark Nanikivil took these photos of today's flight:

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